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the right of every child. >> bill weir on capitol hill. thanks so much for that, bill. you could follow me on facebook, instagram and twitter at jake tapper. you can tweet the show at the lead. our coverage on cnn continues now. thanks so much for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. happening now, breaking news. plane sabotage plot. new allegations against a mechanic prosecutors say tampered with an american airlines 737 with 150 people on board. does he have tied to isis? ultimate option. president trump refusing to rule out military retaliation against iran for the attack on a major saudi oil facility which the secretary of state is now calling an act of war. whistleblower withheld. president trump acting spy chief is refusing to comply with the house intelligence committee subpoena for an urgent whistleblower complaint. and new adviser. the president picks a former
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critic but now his new national security adviser. was flattery part of the reason he got the job. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news, including very disturbing new allegations against an airline mechanic accused of sabotaging a passenger plane that was forced to abort takeoff. prosecutors now say the iraqi-born man downloaded an isis video to his phone and told co-workers his brother was a member of the terror group. also breaking this hour, president trump alluding to possible war with iran which he blames for the devastating aerial attack on a pager saudi oil field. tonight the secretary of state mike pompeo is in saudi arabia as the president announces new sanctions on iran. we'll talk about that and more with congressman eric swalwell
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of the intelligence and judiciary committee and our correspondents are standing by. first let's go to cnn's brian todd with the latest on the airline mechanic accused of sabotaging. a judge just denied him bond saying he may, quote, be very sympathetic to terrorists. >> the judge did say that just a short time ago and the judge also called the suspect's alleged actions, quote, very disconcerting. prosecutors say in one message that the suspect sent to another person, he wrote that, quote, ala, we ask you to use all of you're might and power against nonmuslim but tonight the mechanic is not charged with terrorism-related offenses. >> reporter: prosecutors drop the bombshell in open court telling a judge that the 60-year-old airline mechanic had an isis video on his phone. and had forwarded it to someone else. prosecutors say abdul alanni visited iraq this year and sent $700 to someone living there. he is a mechanic for american
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airlines was arrested this summer accused of trying to sabotaging a plane with 150 people on board. authorities say they used surveillance video to identify him. the pilots were rolling down the runway in miami when they suddenly aborted takeoff due to faulty readings. experts say if it hadn't been caught, it could have brought the plane down. >> you have to know how fast the plane is going to do a successful takeoff. it is a very dangerous malfunction. >> reporter: today prosecutors said they also found an article about the deadly lion air crash in indonesia last year on his phone. they say it referenced the same type of air data module system he's accused of sabotaging and the federal government say he told his co-workers his brother was a member of isis and went to iraq to see his brother. prosecutors say his roommate told them he went to iraq because his brother had been kidnapped. no terror-related charges have been filed. in court documents, prosecutors initially said he confessed to
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sabotage due to a pay dispute and wanted to get more overtime fixing the flaw he created. but tonight analysts say investigators may now be looking into whether he was somehow radicalized. >> we've seen these organizations be very creative innovative and we've seen more outsourcing as they themselves could not mount a 9/11 type operation. they essentially reach out to other people that could do things for them. >> reporter: terrorist groups from al qaeda to isis are known to be fixated on trying to bring down american planes and the threat of a terrorist getting a job with an airline to pull off an inside job has always been a major security concern. for example, the deadly metrojet crash in egypt in 2015 claimed by isis might have been perpetrated by a mechanic according to reuters. >> they see airport insider as helpful recruits and there is track record of this. >> reporter: but terrorism experts say it is possible his interest in iraq and isis could have no bearing on the alleged sabotage. >> plenty of people download
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isis videos for all sorts of reasons. this man was from iraq. perhaps he was interested in what that group was doing to his country. the question of travel to iraq, plenty of iraqis in the united states go back to their home country. >> reporter: american airlines said the mechanic has been fired. he has not entered a plea in connection to the late july incident. but he is expected to enter a plea later this week. the judge has denied him bail. now in court today, wolf, his lawyer did say that he never meant to hurt anyone and only wanted overtime pay. he said that he agreed to the search of his phone and now where that isis video was found and the defense attorney asked if he was a terror threat, why wasn't he on a no-fly list. these are all trong points made by the defense today in court and he should enter a plea later this week. >> a lot of questions need to be answered. good report, thank you very much. there is more breaking news we're following. tough new talk from president trump and his top diplomat as saudi arabia shows what it says
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are iranian weapons used in a fiery attack on a major saudi oil facility. iran continues to deny responsibility and accuses the u.s. of slander. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. and the president strongly believes iran was behind the attack. >> reporter: that is right, wolf. president trump and mike pompeo are ramping up the rhetoric on iran. the president told reporters he's considering what he call the the ultimate option in response to an alleged iranian strike on an oil facility in saudi arabia and an attack pompeo referred to as an act of war. the president doesn't sound quite sold on the idea of taking a shot at iran but he said he's prepared to do, quote, dastardly things. in california joined by his new national security adviser robert o'brien, president trump warn the u.s. could take military action against iran. a retaliation for what the administration sees as a clear strike by tehran on an oil facility in saudi arabia. >> it is the ultimate option.
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and there are options that are a lot less than that and we'll see. we're in a very powerful position. right now we're in a very, very powerful position. i would say the ultimate option meaning go in war. >> reporter: secretary of state mike pompeo would just met with leaders in saudi arabia sounded an ominous tone as he arrived in the kingdom, describing the attack as an act of war. >> there were no americans killed in this attack but any time you have an act of war of this nature, there is always the risk that could happen. >> reporter: but he may stop short of military action the president announce the administration will impose new sanctions on iran and took a swipe at lindsey graham whose pressing mr. trump to get tough. >> lindsey, ask him how is it going into the middle east, how did that work out? and how did going into iraq work out? so we have a disagreement on that. and you know there is plenty of time to do some dastardly things. >> reporter: unlike his combative predecessor, o'brien
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was more measures when asked what advice he will give the president. >> any advice i will give the president will be confidential but we'll monitor that situation closely. >> reporter: o'brien appears to have won his new job by heeping praise on mr. trump. >> the president has had unparalleled success in bringing americans home. >> reporter: but in the past he had been a trump critic writing that trump was playing up how chummy he will be with vladimir putin if elected. the president also took time to slam the federal reserve which just lowered interest rates for the second time in three months to ward off a recession. tweeting his own hand picked chair of the fed didn't go far enough. complaining j. powell and the federal reserve fail again. no guts. president tweeted himself into trouble by sharing a false tweet from a commentator who accused ilhan omar of dancing on last week's anniversary of 9/11 but that is not true. she was dancing on september 13th. the president is also picking a
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fight with california governor gavin newsom after the trump administration announced it is planning to bar the state from regulating tailpipe emissions from cars, something it has done for decades to combat pollution. >> i don't know what the hell has happened to the republican party. and by the way, where is the republican party right now. they believe in state rights and assert that and they are nowhere to be found on this. >> reporter: the president said he's keeping an eye on the eelection nail biter in israel where netanyahu could lose power and mr. trump suggested he could work with a possible successor if netanyahu loses. >> our relationship is with israel. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: now as for the situation with iran, a senior administration official tried to explain why things may get worse before they get better. saying tehran is sounding desperate these days after crippling sanctions on that country's economy as this official put it, iran may have nothing to lose at this point and simply continue these kinds of provocations in the region, wolf. >> jim acosta at the white house. the president's acting director of national intelligence is refusing to
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comply with a house intelligence committee subpoena to share a whistleblower complaint deemed credible and urgent. our senior justice correspondent evan perez is working the story for us. evan, the acting director said this complaint doesn't involve anyone in the intelligence community but rather someone in the trump administration. what are you learning? >> reporter: that is right, wolf. look, there is a lot of fights like this over information that congress is demanding of the trump administration. what is different about this one is that even members of congress don't seem to know exactly what the nature is of this whistleblower complaint that the office of the director of national intelligence and apparently the white house are trying very hard to not let them know about. we know -- here is what we know. back on august 12th the inspector general for the intelligence community received a complaint and vested and determined -- they investigated and determined it was urgent and credible and that is why they told members of congress that it existed. now the dni, joseph maguire, the acting director of national
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intelligence, said that he is complying with the letter of the law. he said that this complaint has nothing to do with anyone inside of the intelligence community and that it has to do with some privilege, perhaps white house privileges and that is the reason why he's not sharing the information. we have part of the letter from the director of national intelligence that said in part, quote, because the complaint was determined not to be an urgent concern, the law did not require that the dni forward the complaint to the intelligence committees. now, wolf, under normal circumstances these complaints are forwarded to the intelligence community because -- to the committee, rather, because they have jurisdiction over the intelligence committee -- community and are allowed to investigate whether these whistleblower complaints are being handled appropriately. >> is there anything that congress could do to get this information if the acting dni is refusing? could the inspector general be subpoenaed to reveal what he knows? >> reporter: well one of the things that adam schiff, the chairman of the house committee,
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is saying he wants to do is bring the acting dni to testify tomorrow perhaps. and perhaps he can also have the inspector general come and answer some questions. but in the end really this is going to be a fight between the white house, between the trump administration and the congress and the two sides may have to go to court before they get any information out of the dni. >> the mystery continues. evan perez, thank you very much. let's get more from democratic congressman eric swalwell from the intelligence and judiciary committee. thanks for coming up. let's pick up on what evan just reported. you're on the intelligence committee, how serious is this matter. >> we think it is serious and the inspector general said it is urgent and credible and what is the administration hiding and what is the risk to our national security if we aren't able to hear from this person. just to clarify, we don't know much but it looks like the
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whistleblower comes from inside of the intelligence community, the person's conduct that they are concerned about comes from outside and there is a mall pool of people privilege that could protect them in any way from us know being it. anyway, the white house should not be involved. if they are involved, and this is very rare, this never happened before and we should have been told immediately and instead we're leave in the dark. >> so what is the suggestion here in because if it is urgent and cred -- credible and by law doesn't the chairman and ranking member have the right to see what is going on. >> that is right. and a lot of the reforms came after the -- the nixon administration. and the idea is if you are in the intelligence community and you see something concerning, this is a method for you to tell the inspector general it goes to congress and it has to go to congress within seven days -- >> they are saying it has nothing to do with the intelligence community, it has to deal with the trump administration. >> they are saying that the individual who is in volked here
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is not in the intelligence community. not that it has nothingave any t is going on? >> no. that is what is so concerning. so the risk if we do nothing and not able to hear this, future whistleblowers may be chilled and not come forward or you could have leaks. if people feel like i can't go through the proper channels i'll go to the press and start leaking national security. well then you're in a situation that i don't think anyone in the intelligence community -- >> a whistleblower should go to the inspector general if they have a complaint. >> that is right. >> joseph maguire, is he going to be subpoenaed and come before your committee and testify on this? obviously behind closed doors and what about the inspector general? >> the director of national intelligence, the acting director has been subpoenaed. he does not comply as of yesterday of what we asked for and we had to deal with this with the attorney general, with wilbur ross, the secretary of commerce and we'll go all the way -- >> will you do another subpoena
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to make sure he shois -- he shows up tomorrow. >> he is subpoenaed to show up tomorrow. >> he already is. >> we have legal means, it is not going to happen as fast as we like, but the law is on our side and this falls in the pattern of an administration that just disregards the law. >> and what about the inspector general, will you subpoena him? to show up as well? >> i'll leave that to mr. schiff as far as the -- >> adam schiff the chairman of the committee. >> the chairman. but the acting dni, if he wants to do the right thing and it is urgent and credible, we should hear about it. >> do you have any sense the whistleblower wants to come before your committee. >> we know it was urgent and credible and every threat in the past or every urgent and credible report in the past has come to congress and the fact they want to suppress this is concerning. >> if they respect the subpoena, what, if anything, can you do  about this because there is a history of this administration rejecting subpoena. >> it creates confusion and chaos and tied up in the courts
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but i think there will be a cascade of court decisions against this administration on the attorney general and wilbur ross and steve mnuchin and the tax returns and also -- >> i want to be precise, if the actor of dni refuses to comply, would you subpoena the inspector general and force the inspector general to come before your committee and release details of the issue? >> that is one of the options out there. and again i'll leave it to the chairman to decide. and my message if the acting dni is listening today, do the right thing. do not allow this president and the administration to bully you into do anything lawless. >> i mention there is a history over the past two and a half years of administration rejecting house requests for specific information including subpoenas. we saw corey lewandowksi's testimony yesterday. he refused to answer a whole bunch of questions. and the democrats didn't seem to know how to handle him appropriately. what is the next step, what are you going going to do in. >> he may be held in contempt
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and we're able to find two other witnesses just refused to show up. what is so -- so frustrating about mr. lewandowski is he never worked a day at the white house and the white house is saying that the privileges that protect them should keep mr. lewandowski from testifying. so all law and order is off with this white house and we have to go to the courts. it won't happen as fast as we want but we believe in the rule of law and think ultimately good will prevail over lawlessness. >> and it must be frustrating. you were questioning lewandowski and a bunch of questions he didn't answer your questions. >> but at the end of the day, we brought out that the president told mr. lewandowski to go to jeff sessions and end the russia investigation and fire mr. sessions if he didn't take the meeting. >> but we know that from the mueller report. >> but we wanted to bring it to life and the mueller report is a long, lengthy document and we wanted the living and breathing witness to tell the committee that. it shouldn't have taken so long. and innocent people don't conduct themselves the way that mr. lewandowski -- if you don't have anything to hide you come
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forward and tell the truth. >> let me get a final thought . you heard our report on the american airlines mechanic who had some isis video on his cell the allegation is, to bring down a american airlines 737 with 150 people on board. did someone miss something, if, in fact, there is really an isis connection to this mechanic? >> thankfully law enforcement was able to intervene so thank you to the men and women part of that team. but i am concerned that our airports are vulnerable. i've written legislation and funded a pilot programs to protect our perimeters but i'll be looking at what to do to know more about the people who are touching the airplanes and whether we need to increase some of the ob -- the ongoing background checks that need to take place but thank god nothing happened here but it is cause to look at what more we can do. >> thank god that flight was
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a -- was aboarded upon takeoff. >> appreciate it very much. eric swalwell. stay with us. we have por on increasing tensions between the u.s. and iran following that attack on the saudi arabia oil facility. mike pompeo met with saudi officials today calls the attack an act of war. and later we'll have more on the mechanic accused of sabotaging an airliner carrying 150 people. prosecutors now say i had always heard stories about my great grandfather,
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tonight there is a new flash point between the trump administration and congressional democrats. the acting director of national intelligence missed the deadline to give the house intelligence committee information about what an inspector general is calling a credible and urgent complaint from a whistleblower. let's ask our legal and political experts about this. so jeffrey toobin, does the house intelligence committee right now have any recourse. >>? they could make noise and they could issue more subpoenas and if the subpoenas are defied, they can go to court to try to find people in contempt. it is a slow process and that is something the trump administration has counted on in
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defying subpoena after subpoena. but there is some recourse which is the contempt power. >> basically to go to court. >> to go to court to force the disclosure of the documents and to force the director of national intelligence to produce whatever this report is and who the whistleblower is and what his or her complaints are. >> gloria, listen to adam schiff when he told anderson cooper about the whistleblower. >> the dni acknowledged that this involves someone apparently outside of the authority of the dni. someone above the dni. there aren't that many in that category. and they also suggested that there may be privilege issues here which means that it would have to rov communications of the president or people around him. >> that is pretty significant. >> it is. it is very mysterious. it is -- it could potentially be significant. and the question you ask after that is, well, what are you hiding? what are you trying to hide here? if there -- the suggestion that
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there are privilege issues, there are only certain people that could apply to, either the president or people who work in the white house. so the question is, who are they trying to protect and why? is it just an embarrassing thing or something worse? we don't know the answer. >> and whistleblowers, they're protected by law. including in the i.c. and the intelligence community so they could report on bad things they see happen, things that shouldn't be happening. and this -- it seems it is obvious that the acting dni is in a pickle because what he told adam schiff, technically this person doesn't work for him. so he doesn't have technical jurisdiction. but if he did tell adam schiff that this -- whoever the person who is -- did something wrong is senior to the dni and in the executive branch, it zp leave a
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handful of people even smaller than a handful. >> it could be joseph maguire, the acting director of national intelligence they want him to testify behind closed doors and speak out tomorrow. he now said that tomorrow won't work because he's -- according to a spokesperson, he's not available on such short notice. so what options -- you've known congress, what options does the committee have. >> listen, you could just kind of cut and paste the frustrating attempts to get information or witnesses across the board, across the issues. that the democrats have had since they've taken control and gotten the power of oversight. it is stonewall. issue after issue, administration official after administration official. and the administration is successful, it has been so far, for the reason that jeffrey said, because they're only recourse is that third branch of government and the courts and they're not known to move very quickly. >> i'm sorry just -- what is so
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maddening about the situation is this whistleblower has done the right thing. >> exactly. >> gone through channels and that is why the laws exist. this is not edward snowden who took the secrets and gave them to the press. this is a person trying to follow the rules and -- and is being thwarted by a process that is supposed to allow -- >> and it makes you for the whistleblower because it is money who clearly understands the process. >> it is probably a significant person. april ryan, the stonewalling act tick -- tactic is the preferred tactic of the trump administration in dealing with the house majority on so many other issues right now. >> yeah, well we've seen this over and over again. but someone that i've talked to just before we came on the air who is very close to this inner circle within the white house said this is a very sensitive issue. this one is one that they are not talking about. it is mum. it is not necessarily what is at issue, but it is more so who is
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at issue. and that is the big piece. who is once again going back to this, who is above the dni? who has privileges and that is one person to think about but it could be other people but it doesn't look good. the sources say they are mum and they are normally not mum and they talk amongst themselves but this time they are keeping it close to the vest. >> in a related development, as we've been reporting, the president now has appointed a new national security adviser for the white house, robert o'brien. is he qualifying for this job based on what we know about him? >> well, he's obviously qualified because the president picked him. this is my guy. he believes -- he believes he's loyal so that makes him national security adviser. >> and he doesn't need senate confirmation. this is a white house job. >> but it is curious and also recommended and promoted by the secretary of state mike pompeo whose influence is growing every single day. the question that i have is that
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he worked with john bolton and was a big -- has written about bolton, worked with bolton, he's shared many of his hawkish views on foreign policy. so it is interesting that the president would replace the guy he fired with a guy who is very complementary of the person he fired. >> and he is loyal -- >> isn't accused in the next 24 to 48 hours of leaking to the press. >> and complimentary. >> but this is the drummer in the spinal tap. >> he's the fourth national security adviser. >> he's the fourth security adviser. >> everybody stick around. much more on all of the breaking news right after this. ♪ are we supposed to dance? ♪
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we're back with our correspondents. the president said he is considering what he calls the ultimate option of going to war with iran but earlier in the day he announced new sanctions against iran. clearly topping short of any military action. what is the white house policy towards iran right now and the aftermath of this attack on the saudi oil facilities in.
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>> so in the immediate aftermath, it is increased sanctions. the secretary of state today came out and declared this an act of war against the saudis. he said but we're working to build a coalition to help develop -- to develop a plan to deter them. so he's there in the region trying to develop some kind of plan but the president, as you heard today, was very reluctant to use what he called the sort of ultimate option. he's not interested in that. and it's causing him to clash with some of the best friends like senator lindsey graham for example who said that people in the region, leaders in the region will see this as a sign of weakness. and trump said today, look, getting into one of these conflagrations is easier than getting out of it. and so it is very clear where the president stands so increasing sanctions which by the way are already very tough. and then we'll see what happens from there. >> the president is clearly struggling right now with the
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response. >> he is. because there is another factor here. and that is gas prices. oil prices. which he was so worried about that he talked about the strategic petroleum oil reserve in a nano second after this oil field in saudi arabia was bombed, according to the administration pointing to iran. because in addition to the raw politics of this, which are i think not as important as the immediate question of war or not war, but that is definitely a frame through which the president looks at this kind of issue i'm told because in addition to just basic job numbers and the economy looking into the 2020 election, gas prices is front and center, always han been on his mind because he understands now as a politician and before that as a businessman how much that helps to drive voters. >> but why is our policy to solicitous of saudi arabia. remember when they killed an
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american journalist -- who lived in america and everyone was so outraged at saudi arabia. now we're talking about american weapons and american troops going to protect this corrupt dictatorship in saudi arabia. i don't understand why this is our business. the president is always bragging about how much military we -- equipment we sell to saudi arabia. why don't they use all of that equipment. >> that is a good point, april. and you've covered this for a long time as well. saudis have searched hundreds of billions of dollars of the most sophisticated equipment and fighter jets and missiles and all sorts of very lethal weaponry. why aren't the saudis taking the leadership if this were an act of war as pompeo said against saudi arabia, shouldn't the saudis be taking the lead as opposed to, let's say, the united states. >> you would think so. we've sold that equipment to them. in the oval office when the president was meeting with one of the leaders from bahrain, they even acknowledged the
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weaponry, the power that they have. but pompeo and steve mnuchin are creating this strategy. it is not the president, this is the pompeo and mnuchin and they are propelling the war of words that go into iran versus the united states. and the president has said, you know, in the oval office just a few days ago he will exhaust diplomacy until the last 12 seconds. and that is saying there could be war or something -- something could happen that is a force. so they have power to do it but this president is not leading this charge. it is pompeo and mnuchin. so it is about what they are saying and that is the question, why are they wanting to go to war when pompeo is the man of peace and mnuchin is the man who put the sanctions in, why are they wanting to go to war. that is the question. >> and there are all kinds of
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mixed signals from day-to-day. the president one day saying he's willing to meet with rouhani without saying -- >> with no preconditions. >> and then he said well that is not true. and then i'm not going to meet with him and i don't care whether he's going to be in new york for the united nations general assembly and then pompeo spending an awful lot of time today with the crown print of saudi arabia. we don't know what the -- what the overall strategy is. it seems to change day by day by day. and it doesn't matter what we know. our allies don't know. and i think that is a problem. >> and with jeffrey said is so important, about wait a minute, what about saudi arabia. i listened to the former defense secretary leon panetta on with brianna yesterday talking about the fact the saudis have a strategy of come help me and i'll hold your coat. and you know this better than all of us, wolf. you've covered so much of what
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goes on there. the strategic kind of toing and froing has heightened so much right now giving what is going on with iran and saudi and other important countries. >> stick around. there is more news we're covering including confusion and uncertainty in israel right now after a national election fails to produce a clear winner. will prime minister netanyahu be able to hold on to power? worki. that's why your cash automatically goes into a money market fund when you open a new account. and fidelity's rate is higher than e*trade's, td ameritrade's, even 9 times more than schwab's. plus only fidelity has zero account fees and zero minimums for retail brokerage and retirement accounts. just another reminder of the value you'll only find at fidelity. open an account today.
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scramble is on to form a ruling coalition after the national election failed to produce a clear imagine ort -- majority for netanyahu or his rival benny gantz. oren liebermann is joining us. neither side is conceding, what is the latest? >> reporter: wolf, the only thing that looks certain right now and the only safe bet in israeli politics is a political deadlock. the likud party looks on track for 32 and while the blue and white party is on track for 33 seats. crucially as you point out, neither of these men can form a coalition which means nobody can claim victory but nobody has any good reason to concede defeat. given that situation, netanyahu went on the offensive saying he's united the zionist party behind him which means he stands at their head and that he said there are only two options, one is a strong government led by him or a weak government relying
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on the arab parties so he's keeping up the anti-arab rhetoric and trying to cast himself in a strong position. his rival benny gantz is looking to form a national unity government but nothing has moved in what is essentially political limbo here, wolf. >> the prime minister was scheduled to speak at the united nations general assembly next week in new york. i take it tha-- i take it that no longer happening? >> reporter: he has canceled that upcoming trip and that gives you an idea of how difficult this situation is for him right now. because the united nations general assembly was basically his favorite international podium for bashing iran. and that is what he's done there for most of the past decade. crucially it was also a chance for him to meet president trump and we've that netanyahu will never pass up a photo op with trump. he sees it as good for his politics and trump politics so it is good for both of them and the fact he's not going means he's in a tight spot and it could get worse. >> certainly very tight.
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thank you very much. oren liebermann in jerusalem. we'll have much more of the breaking news coming into "the situation room" as the slow moving remnants of a tropical storm caused flooding in texas and a hurricane is threatening bermuda and a brand-new tropical storm just formed. are we supposed to dance? ♪ boy bands without dancing are just ok. get a better than just ok unlimited plan with spotify premium included on america's best network. only from at&t more for your thing. that's our thing.
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we're following breaking news as the remnants of a tropical storm caused dangerous flooding in houston and southeast texas. a major hurricane, by the way, is close to bermuda and a third storm is gaining strength out in the atlantic. let's go to our meteorologist, jennifer gray. jennifer, what's the latest forecast? >> the tropics a definitely active, and not only those, but we have a couple of areas to watch over the next five days. those are the areas shaded in yellow. and we have imelda, hum berta, and jerry we're watching right now. tropical storm imelda has caused dangerous flooding across portions of houston and points east. look at rainfall totals from the storm. san bernard, texas, 21 inches of rain. and sargent, 19 inches.
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quite a bit. almost 2 feet of rain and the rain is still falling. this will slowly lift to the north, so we will get some very high rainfall totals across east texas as well as northwest louisiana, as we get into tomorrow. so the flooding is not over. as this gulf moisture continues to lift to the north, you can see those areas of 10 to 18 inches of rain possible right along the state line of louisiana and texas. and right along i-20 between tyler and shreveport. so areas to watch there. hurricane humberto right now winds of 120 miles per hour, gusts of 150. there's bermuda, and this is going to pass just to the north of bermuda as a strong category 3 storm. and even though it is passing well to the north, they've already had a recorded wind gust of more than 100 miles per hour. so definitely producing the wind and also some rain. so this one will just head out to sea. last but not least, we have tropical storm jerry. i just found out, we have a few tropical storm watches in place for a few of the leeward islands
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with winds of 60 miles per hour. moving at about 15. now, on this current track, it looks like it's going to pass to the north of puerto rico, hispaniola, and not impact the u.s. of course, we will be watching it closely as we get into the weekend, wolf, because we know, of course, forecasts can change. but most of the computer models right now definitely agreeing that this is going to take that northerly track and then take a turn out to sea. so hopefully that will hold true. >> let's hope it does. let's hope jerry moves away from all of us. all right, jennifer, thank you very much. there's breaking news next. an airline mechanic accused of sabotaging a plane is denied bail as a judge says the man may be sympathetic to terrorists. anyone can deliver pizza. only marco's can deliver america's most loved pizza. hot and fresh, and right to your door. every day at marco's, get two medium, one-topping pizzas for just $6.99 each. hello to the italian way. hello primo.
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happening now, breaking news. ties to isis? authorities now say an american airlines mechanic accused of trying to sabotage a commercial flight had isis propaganda on his phone. was he hoping to bring down a 737 with 150 people onboard in the terror group's name? act of war. that's how the secretary of state is now describing the attack on saudi oil facilities,
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as he clearly and flatly blames iran. president trump says he's exploring his options, including the possibility of doing dastardly things. whistleblower blowback. the acting spy chief defies a congressional subpoena, refusing to hand over the information about a whistleblower complaint. tonight, the house intelligence committee chairman is demanding to know if the white house ordered the stonewalling. and inundated. millions of people are at risk from dangerous flash flooding after a tropical storm smashes into the texas coast. we'll have the latest on the deluge and two other ominous storms gaining strength tonight. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room". we're following breaking news. an american airlines mechanic charged with


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